James Corden has opened up about feeling anxious and sad during the coronavirus pandemic.

He closed a special edition of The Late Late Show, his US talk show, with a message addressing the emotions around the ongoing situation.

“I’ve found it tougher than I ever thought I would,” said the Gavin and Stacey star.

“I found myself having these incredible spikes of anxiety and sadness when I’ve allowed myself to think about my family back home in England or my friends or the people I love.

Out of control

“You feel so out of control in it all. It feels so beyond our comprehension, all of it, that I’ve found I get so overwhelmed with sadness in it all, really."

He added: “The truth is, what I’ve realised is it’s OK right now. It’s alright to feel a bit sad. It’s OK to feel anxious.

“And the best thing we can all do is kind of try and breathe through that and try to put our minds in a positive place and think what can I do to help someone else who might be feeling like this?”


James said that talking to family, friends and loved ones had helped with his emotional wellbeing.

He told viewers: “Just me talking to you has made me feel a bit lighter, and I’ve found that when I’ve called friends or when I’ve FaceTimed my parents or my sisters, reaching out to somebody else who you think might be struggling too is pretty much the best thing we can all do right now because we absolutely will get through this.”

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